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Launch of new Ability programme for young people with disabilities

On Monday 18th September 2017, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, T.D., launched the “Ability” programme.

The Ability programme is a new pre-activation programme for young people with disabilities designed to help bring participants who are not work-ready closer to the labour market through engagement in training and personal development activities. It is estimated that some 1,000 participants will be engaged with over the course of the programme.

The objectives of the Ability programme will be:

  • To bring young people with disabilities who are not work-ready closer to the labour market using a range of person-centred supports.
  • To assist young people with disabilities to develop life-skills required to participate in education, training and employment.
  • To assist young people with disabilities at key transition points between education, training and employment.
  • To support young people with disabilities who are not in education, employment or training to access and participate in education, training and employment.
  • To build the capacity of mainstream employment services, education and training providers to support the progression of young people with disabilities.
  • To build the capacity of employers to recruit and retain young people with disabilities within their workforce.

The funding for this programme will amount to around €10 million over a three year period and is being provided under the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) operational programme, 2014-2020 (PEIL, 2014 – 20) and the Irish Exchequer.

The programme will be delivered by organisations from around the country that have experience of working with people with a disability and such organisations are being invited to apply for funding over the coming months.

The programme will be managed by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Pobal will be holding a series of information sessions in October to assist prospective applicants with the application process. An on-line application facility will be available on Pobal’s website from 4th December 2017 to 12 pm on 31st January 2018. It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 2018 with projects commencing their activities before June 2018.

Further information on the application process for the Ability programme can be found on the Pobal website here.

Last modified:03/10/2017
 

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